Erika Jayne clarifies her outburst in “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” telling her co-star Crystal Kung Minkoff that she “don’t care about anyone but me.”
The 50-year-old reality star insisted she has “empathy” for the alleged embezzlement victims of her ex Tom Girardi.
“Of course I have empathy for them,” Jayne told Page Six. “I had empathy for them then and I have empathy for them now. And I trust that they are taken care of.”
Girardi is accused of embezzling millions of settlement funds intended for the families, including widows and orphans, who lost loved ones in the 2018 Lion Air Flight 610 crash.
The news came a month after Jayne filed for divorce from the 82-year-old barred lawyer in November 2020 after 21 years of marriage.
The “XXPEN$IVE” singer has since received several questions and criticism from fans and castmates regarding her knowledge of Girardi’s alleged misdeeds.
“Listen, I want to be very clear here: I fully cooperated on everything,” Jayne told the outlet. “Despite what is in blogs or tweets or whatever on social media, please understand that I have fully cooperated.”
In Season 12’s extended teaser of “RHOBH,” Jayne and Kung Minkoff got into a heated argument about the former’s legal issues.
“You want to be on the side of the victims because you think it’s cool!” Jayne told her opponent. “I don’t care about anyone else but me!”
This isn’t the first time Jayne has raised her tension with Kung Minkoff.
While promoting the upcoming season of “RHOBH,” she told Us Weekly Tuesday, “There’s an outpouring of, ‘Why don’t you act like this, Erika? Why aren’t you compassionate? Why don’t you have empathy?’ And the truth is that I do too. I’m also under a lot of legal pressure. I’ve walked all the way to the leash. I’m fighting with one hand tied behind my back.”
The Bravo star claimed she’d shared “just about everything” about the case she could see on-screen, but felt no one was listening — something she found frustrating.
Jayne was fired from Girardi’s lawsuit in January for embezzlement and fraud.
Her legal battle continues, however, after the law firm Edelson PC filed another lawsuit in April alleging that Jayne, her firm EJ Global and the law firm Girardi & Keese and its backers committed various crimes, including extortion, taking receipt of stolen property, aid and complicity concealment of stolen goods, unlawful trade practices and consumer remedies, acts and deceit.
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT on Bravo.